I live in Rhos on Sea and work for a Wales-wide Social Care organisation based in Wrexham. Through this role I sit on a number of regional and national bodies and am used to taking up difficult issues and speaking truth to power.
I have previously run a UK-wide charity promoting maths education in secondary schools, worked for the BBC, for two national local government organisations and as a freelancer. I spent my first seven years living above the corner shop my parents ran.
I’ve been an active member of the Labour Party since I was a teenager and I’m also a member of the GMB and Community Unions and the Co-operative Party.
As both a parliamentary and regional list candidate I have taken part in a number of hustings and represented Welsh Labour in the media including debating with sitting MPs and Assembly Members from other parties, where I was able to hold my own.
I have experience of getting things done. I’ve spent the last few months working with Welsh Government, Health Boards and local authorities to improve the situation of care homes and care at home agencies during the pandemic. I gave evidence to the Senedd Health, Social Care and Sport Committe’s enquiry into Covid-19 and influenced the conclusions in their report. I’ve perviously won money back from Health Boards that they owed for Funded Nursing Care. In a previous job I established a new annual maths summer school for talented pupils from ordinary schools and established a new national sixth form competition: both of which still run. In the 1990s I ran the BBC’s parliamentary campaign to ensure key sporting events such as the FA Cup Final and the then Five Nations rugby remained on free-to-view television available to all as a shared national experience; I’ve also set up and supported an all-party parliamentary group and secured concessions from the then Home Secretary, Michael Howard on the composition of police authorities. I’ve always used my jobs to create positive change.
My husband and I have three children: our eldest lives and works in Greater Manchester and our younger two are students. I’m the daughter of an electrician and a secretary: ordinary working people who brought me up with a strong ethos to give something back to society. My parents were both Labour councillors. My Dad won a gold badge from his trade union and a merit award from the Labour Party. My mum went on to run a volunteer bureau and received an OBE for her services to the community. Like Neil Kinnock, mine was the first generation in my family to go to university. From a state school, I got a full grant to study maths at Oxford, where I was elected President of the Student Union and then on to the National Union of Students executive.
You can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.